Chain Reaction Research held a webinar on October 21st, 2021 looking into a recent Aidenvironment report that documented 133,000 hectares of deforestation since 2016 that are significant producers of palm oil. The event focused on the need for more palm oil buyers’ No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policies to be applied across all commodities for no-deforestation claims to carry weight.
The oil palm and the industrial tree sectors are the two largest plantation sectors in Indonesia and Malaysia. In both countries, it is common for companies to operate plantations in both sectors. In the last few years, palm oil buyers with NDPE policies have increasingly removed deforestation-linked palm oil suppliers from their supply chains. However, many of these buyers remain linked to deforestation via their supplier’s industrial timber operations. This is because NDPE policies are typically only applied to palm oil operations and not deforestation for other commodities.